|"This is a very pleasant, well crafted tisane, with rich and convincing fruit flavours. I highly recommend it as a desert tea, or as a refreshing, kid-friendly pick me up.
As there were no brewing directions available, I relied on my usual methods for brewing fruity rooibos blends. I infused a heaping teaspoonful in 8 ounces of freshly boiled water for 7 minutes. The cup is intensely coloured by the rusty red hue of the rooibos. Again the citrus and the vanilla notes blend together to make quite a mouthwatering aroma. The orange flavour is very sweet and dominates the brew. In fact, the flavour profile resembles a slightly less intense, non-carbonated version of Orange Crush. At the same time, the orange taste is surprisingly very natural seeming. The rooibos adds a nutty tang, acting as a solid backdrop for the fruit flavours. The most enjoyable element though is arguably the lingering vanilla finish. The other ingredients don't stand out individually, although I suspect much of the sweetness and the creamy body comes from the apple pieces. While I enjoyed it hot, the flavours do seem more intense and better integrated when drunk cold.
The blend stands up relatively well to a second, 10 minute brew. The citrus flavour is now more acidic than sweet. The hibiscus also seems to take up much more space, adding to the tartness as well. Luckily there is still enough vanilla flavour to the finish to balances things out.
This is a very pleasant, well crafted tisane, with rich and convincing fruit flavours. Adding sweetener is not at all necessary, as it's quite sweet on it's own. I highly recommend it as a desert tea, or as a refreshing, kid-friendly pick me up.
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